What is Hypnosis?
Hypnotherapy can be defined as a mind-based therapy that uses hypnotic states. These states bypass the conscious mind and access the subconscious where the problem resides. The subconscious is the place where we can generate lasting change both in the psyche as well as the physical body.
The British Medical Association (BMA) studied hypnosis and satisfied themselves of “the genuineness of the hypnotic state.
A New Definition of Hypnotherapy
The definition of hypnotherapy has evolved, and there are many styles of hypnosis. It is usually used in conjunction with other therapies, such as psychology, coaching, or counseling. It gives you a means to dialogue with your subconscious mind – also known as the body-mind – to gain an understanding and resolution of current issues, symptoms, and reactive emotions.
Listen to Eva M. Clark explaining hypnotherapy using three client cases:
How does Hypnotherapy Dialogue with the Subconscious Mind?
Every night when you go to sleep and begin dreaming, you are -in effect- having a direct dialogue with your subconscious mind. Most of the time, however, you might not remember all your dreams and, the ones you do, are extremely unclear, fragmented, and confusing.
In hypnosis, you can dialogue with your subconscious mind while in a semi-awake state (very very relaxed and almost asleep…yet still awake). The different techniques used in modern hypnotherapy to dialogue with the subconscious mind are:
- Suggestion and guided imagery: Traditional directive hypnosis focuses on these techniques.
- Regression Therapy: A technique used to return to the origin of an issue or symptom
- Medical Hypnotherapy
- Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
- Parts work (Gestalt, Voice dialogue, psychosynthesis)
- Transpersonal Hypnotherapy
The hypnotist uses the dream-like state of hypnosis as a sort of waking dream to dialogue directly with the subconscious mind about the current issues or symptoms such as constipation in the case of IBS. Unlike in a dream, in hypnosis, you can ask the subconscious about the meaning, messages, and past that relate to the issue.
Medicine Has Researched Hypnotherapy and Found it Effective
Hypnosis is depicted in movies as occult and mind control. Yet, this is far from true. Instead, hypnosis is considered an effective therapeutic technique that has been studied and approved by the American Medical Association (AMA), The American Psychology Association (APA), the National Institute of Health (NIH), as well as the British Medical Association (BMA). It has a long history of medical uses. There are more than 40 years of research it the use of medical hypnotherapy on chronic pain, IBS, autoimmune disorders, cancer, and anxiety.
“The use of hypnosis has a recognized place in the medical armamentarium and is a useful technique in the treatment of certain illnesses.” – AMA
“Hypnotism is of value and may be the treatment of choice in some cases (…) It may also be of value for revealing unrecognized motives and conflicts in such conditions. As a treatment, in the opinion of the Subcommittee, it has proved its ability to remove symptoms and to alter morbid habits of thought and behavior.” – BMA
“Does hypnotherapy work? Science says “Yes!”” – The Washington Post